T/ie Intermountain Institute
(FORMERLY THE IDAHO INDUSTRIAL INSTITUTE GLEANER)
Published Quarterly by the Intermountain Institute at Weiser, Idaho
Entered at the postoffice at Weiser, Idaho
As mail matter of the second class
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By James Arnold Blaisdell
Tonight, my soul be still and sleep;
The storms are raging on God's deep —
God's deep, not thine; be still and sleep.
Tonight, my soul, be still and sleep;
God's hands shall still the tempest's sweep —
God's hands, not thine; be still and sleep.
Tonight, my soul, be still and sleep;
God's love is strong while night hours creep —
God's love, not thine; be still and sleep.
Tonight, my soul, be still and sleep;
God's heaven will comfort those who weep —
God's heaven, and thine; be still and sleep.
— (S. S. Times.)
No doubt the readers of the Gleaner were surprised that the
Commencement number did not appear. The omission was made
regretfully — on account of the tremendous pressure of other v/ork at
the time and also because our head printer, who had served so
faithfully for many years, decided to become a school teacher himself.
He and Mrs. Cross will have charge of the public school at Rosebury,
Idaho. We hope the Gleaner will appear on time hereafter. The
change of the name of our school has been noticed before. It seems
too bad that the state could not find some other name for its reform
school. "The Idaho Industrial School" and the "Idaho Industrial
Institute" were thought by many to be the same school! Such was
the similarity of names that graduates of the institute v/ere refused
positions as teachers in the public school, on the ground that they
came from a reform school! Also, young people planning to attend
school passed the institute, supposing it was a reform school! To
prevent such misunderstandings the institute trustees finally voted
to change our name to "The Intermountain Institute." We are very
sorry that this change became necessary for we were attached to the
name given at the birth of the institute. The school — as to its aims
and work — is the same, though the name is different.
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A yiCE OF THE VIIITUOLS
In a last year's number of the Sunday School Times, several
columns were devoted to the discussion of the tobacco habit. Now
that we are as a people rapidly becoming "clean," as to the drink
habit, and will, within a quarter of a century ov less, become a
"saloonless nation," it is eminently proper to turn attention to
another recognized evil. Every successful reform must strike its
roots into the moral sense of men; must become a question of
conscience. This was true of the sin of slavery. For long, cruel
years the profit in dollars resulting from slavery dulled the con-
sciences of men. And slavery continued. But at length, as will ever
be the case in the conflict between right and wrong, the conscience
of the nation would not permit the evil to continue. Right triumphed.
The contest was fierce and bloody for "without the shedding of
blood there is no remission of sins."
The battle against the saloon has been fought along the
same lines. On the one side the consciences of the people have
been aroused against the liquor traffic, while on the other side the
money in it has nerved the advocates of the saloon to fight to the
last ditch to save their profits, and the contest is still on but the
final victory of right is already assured.
If the tobacco habit is injurious to health, filthy, a wicked
waste of money and a threshold to other and more injurious habits,
the moral sense of the people v/ill be aroused against it and again
conscience will be arrayed against the love of money which will have
the gratification of appetite as a strong ally. All human beings are
endowed by nature with a conscience — that subtle power to distinguish
between right and wrong — but all men do not follow the dictates of
conscience, if they did the millenium would have arrived. Christian
people profess to be governed by a sanctified conscience, hence mroal
reforms usually begin and are pvoraotod by the church. — Withoul
the aid of the church, the organized body of Christian people, moral
reforms could not succeed, if indeed they could he cornniencod.
Christian people, like other people, are sometime opposed to a
right rcfoim because they have not studied the question from a
conscience standpoint. Thus many Christian people defended slavery.
and even ministers of the gospel maintained that it was a divine
institution and preached learned sermons to prove their contention.
The use of tobacco is defended by many who have formed the habit
and find themselves slaves to it. Howevei-, most people admit th:»t
it is a useless, filthy and expensive habit. If with this admission
it can be shown that the use of tobacco is positively injurious to
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most people and of benefit to a very few, a firm foundation for a
moral argument against the use of tobacco seems fully established.
The proof of the injurious effects of tobacco using seem to be
abundant. It is. well known that Uncle Sam wants men for his
army and navy who are bodily sound, therefore a very searching
physical examination of all who seek to enlist is made. In the
recent call for recruits exactly 50 per cent of those rejected in New
York had been rendered physically unfit by cigarette smoking. The
Sunday School Times article contained a number of testimonies
from physicians and others as to the injurious effects of tobacco
using. A few of these are here quoted: D. H. Kress, M. D., in an
interesting article on the subject said:
"Gradually, and I must say unwillingly, I have been forced
to recognize and acknowledge that the cigarette addict is about as
hopelessly enslaved as is the opium or morphine addict, and that
unaided it is about as difficult to give up the one habit as it
is the other."
Recently, Mr. Owen Dawson, clerk of the Montreal juvenile
court, in giving expert testimony before a committee appointed by
the Canadian government to study into the evils arising from the
smoking of cigarettes, said: "I have been interested in the boys of
Montreal for eight years, and I have tried to help, one way or another,
about five thousand boys since I came to Montreal. I have never
once succeeded in getting a boy to stop smoking cigarettes, although
I have tried hundreds of times. On the other hand, in helping boys
to keep away from liquor I have been more successful."
Mr. C. Ferrier, superintendent of the Victoria Industrial
School, being sworn before the same committee, in reply to the
question, "Do you know of any boys who gave up the use of cigarettes
of their own will?" said, "I never knew any. I do not believe boys
will give up cigarette smoking because they know it is an evil any
more readily than men will."
Dr. Bruce Smith, inspector of public charities and prisons
of the province of Ontario, being sworn, said, "There is but oue cure
for these boys, and that is to place them under lock and key. You
cannot have any halfway measures with such cases any more than
you can with those vho are habituated to the use of cocaine or
Dr. George Villeneuve, superintendent of Long Point Asylum
and professor of nervous deseases in Laval Medical University, being
sworn, said, "I certainly believe that the use of cigarettes is harmful.
To young people below sixteen years of age it is very harmful. The
moral sense is blunted, then the mental faculties become affected,
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and I may add that we have not yet a full knowledge of this question
because excessive cigarette smoking to my knovv^ledge is something
that has only occurred within the last ten years. The full effect will
be felt later on."
Testimonies like these can be multiplied indefinitely. 'There
is a reason" therefore, for forbidding the use of tobacco in our school.
In future numbers of the Gleaner we hope to pursue the subject
TME CO^^iMEI^'CEIIlEiS^T EXERCISES FOR 1916
As the June Gleaner did not appear, no account of the
commencement has reached our readers, so it will not be amiss to
give a brief summary of the events of commencement week. Sunday
evening, May 21, the baccalaureate exercises were held, the sermon
was given by the president. Monday evening a program of readings
essays and music was given by the students. A prize for the best
essay on "The Life and Works of William Shakespeare," was awarded
to Miss Annie Humphries. The contest between the Weiser high
school and the Intermountain Institute for the best essay on ''Peace"
vas won by the institute. The prize essay was written by Edison
Fowler. This is the third victory for the institute in as many years.
Tuesday evening a vocal and instrumental concert was given.
This concert was a great credit to both studrnts and their teachers
in music. The institute band rendered several numbers with marked
skill. Wednesday evening class day exercises were presented by the
On Thuisday evening a play, "The Cricket on the Hearth,"
was given by the junior and senior classes. This entertainment was
a great success and the players exhibited remarkable talent in
representing the different characters in the play.
Friday evening the graduating exercises were held and six
young people were made happy by receiving their well-earned
diplomas. It will be observed that all the exercises were held in the
evening. In this way the school could close a week earlier than
otherwise would be possible, for the regular examinations were held
each day of commencement week. All things considered, the com-
mencement of '16 was one of the most successful in the history of
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THE INTERMOUXTAIN INSTITUTE FAClIT/l Y FOR 1916-17
A number of changes in the faculty membership have taken
place. Professor Null, who served as principal v/ith fidelity and
zeal for two years, has been called to his former position as professor
in Cameron College, Cameron, Missouri. Professor George C. Wise,
who taught last year in Iowa College, Iowa City, Iowa, was called
to the principalship. He has taken up the duties of that important
office with great enthusiasm and a firm purpose to make the Inter-
mountain Institute one of the very best schools in all the land..
Professor Wise has had many years experience in teaching, is an
esthusiastic lover of young people and will enthuse his students
with a desire to make the very most and best of themselves and
of the opportunities they will have at the institute.
Professor F. R. Brown is at the head of the agricultural
department, which insures the success of that important department.
Professor Brown is a graduate of the Oregon State College of Agri-
culture and was an instructor in that college after graduation. Last
year he taught agriculture in the Payette high school, and also
served as district agriculturist. His coming to the Intermountain
Institute will not only put the institute in the first rank, but will
also be a distinct advantage to all the farmers in this region as they
will have the benefit of Professor Brown's knowledge and experience,
through his lectures at the institute and also by a system of institute
extension work which will be introduced among the farmers.
Miss Marjorie Pitman is dean of the girls' department. Miss
Pitman is a graduate of Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado,
and is well qualified for her work in the institute. Besides her
duties as dean she will teach some classes.
The music department is in charge of Miss Muriel Phelps,
a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Miss Phelps will
give instiiiction in both intsrumental and vocal music; will have
charge also of the choruses, glee clubs, etc. Students in music will
be fortunate indeed to be in Miss Phelps' classes.
Miss Viola Johnson, the very efficient head of the English
department last year, holds the same position for the next school
vear, which insures the best possible instruction in that department.
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Miss Sue Compton, who did most excellent work as teacher
of history and German last year, will also teach the same subjects
The domestic science department is in charge of Miss Mildred
Brockman, a graduate of the institute. After graduating from the
institute Miss Brockman took the full domestic science course at
the state agricultural school in Oregon, and will do first class work
in her department.
The classes in manual training will be taught by Charles
Camp, who is thoroughly qualified for the position by study and
The institute library is in charge of Mrs. Helen Tibbals and
she also serves as "house mother" for the boys' dormitory.
Last, but by no means least, Miss Gladys Crull, a graduate
of the institute, is in charge of the culinary department, which makes
it certain that the cooking and serving at the institute will be first
class in every respect. With such a force of competent instructors
institute students will surely have unsurpassed opportunity for rapid
advancement in study.
A teacher for the science department is yet to be secured
and several applications are now under consideration. With such
a faculty of earnest and able men and women the students of the
Intermountain Institute will surely be well cared for and will have
an opportunity to make rapid advancement.
A STARTING POINT
A new broom sw^eeps clean — thus runs the old adage. Granting
the bit of sarcastic truth therein contained, an optimist might still
be tempted to believe that nevertheless it is surely better to be
thoro for a time, even tho the suggested lapse does come, than not
to sweep clean at all. And so the new faculty of the Intermountain
Institute, gathered together from the four winds of heaven, is willing
to run the risk of incurring public censure and private scoi-n by
setting forth the educational faith that is within them.
In one sense, the faculty is not new, for there are several
members who are not in the institute for the first time, but since
there are more strange faces than familiar ones and since student
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body, methods, and team work are somewhat different, it is safe to
assume that a new organization is now attempting to compose and
build up this little educational world.
We who are new and we, the faculty as a whole, are fully
conscious that much of the sweeping has been done and done well,
so that we feel much encouraged and eager to take up the task
where it was dropped at the close of last year. Relying then on the
splendid foundation laid by the board of trustees and former faculties,
we enter upon our little part of the work determined to prove worthy
of the confidence placed in us.
Our goal should be kept clearly in mind. Perhaps the
arrow of hopeful aspiration may miss its mark, but we must aim
nevertheless or else refrain from shooting. Friedrich Schiller tells
us that purposeful vision is one of man's chief glories, and that
understanding was vouchsafed to enable him to plan in advance
what he would create with his hands. This dictum, noble and as it
is, has apparently been reversed by the modern spirit. Nowadays,
educational systems in this country seem, designed to so train a
man's mind that he may by clever planning avoid all creation by
hand, and thrust upon the less highly favored the whole burden of
manual labor. High schools turn out as finished products boys and
girls who are well equipped to go to college, but who know little
about the real purpose of life; colleges proclaim with pride the ever
increasing number of graduates, men and women who In their self-
sufficiency and a pampered sense of overweening superiority refuse
to "hustle for a job," but insist that the world owes them a living
and should permit them to "wait for a position"; and universities
clothe with gorgeous but antiquated robes highly trained men who
in scholastic dignity and aloofness devote themselves to abstractions
while thousands of practical everyday problems are fairly crying
out for solution.
Now, we are aware of the great importance, the most absolute
necessity, of college and university in civilization, but we are none
the less convinced that education in these United States is top-heavy.
"Higher" education is well done, the "head" of the body scholastic
is splendidly equipped, but the rest of the bodily structure has been
neglected sadly; arms and legs should receive more development.
The result of the present system is, that when either the high school
product or the college graduate finds himself in the raging torrent
of life he discovers all too late his inability to swim to shallow water
despite his full knowledge of the blissful prospect on the shore.
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What we need is more training in grade and high school
for actual life. Keep up, of course, the preparation for college;
a few pupils v/ill want to go "higher." But the essential point is
that the vast majority, the future burden bearers, be made more
familiar with the tasks before them, that they be given help and
breadth and richness of experience for their coming years away
from school influence.
It may be heresy to say so, but we believe that more business
and common sense should be used in education. It is true that many
changes in this direction have already been made, but we can find
without difficulty high school and courses of study that have very
little business or common sense connection with the real needs of
pupils and the communities which support the system. If a school
district is rural, the courses taught should be mainly agricultural;
if urban, commercial or sociological work should have the chief
place; if industrial, the technical studies that are especially concerned
with, the environment seem to be in place; and so on for all the
phases of our complex civilization, keeping plainly in mind that over-
specialzation is to be avoided in favor of general subjects that will
insure breadth of view and spiritual uplift.
To get this latter, better portion, we teachers must work
carefully and well, realizing fully the value of personal force and
the tendency of youth to imitate. Our instruction must be full of
the spirit; we must so present mathematics, languages, history, manual
work, social science, as to touch the hearts of girls and boys, and
mold their lives into more noble forms. Then we will be in accord
with John Ruskin when he wrote: "You do not educate a man by
telling him what he knew not, but by making him wliat he was not"
If we succeed in this plan, we shall have attained what this
institution has stood for since its inception. In the elemental farm
work, in vocational endeavor, in all its phases, it has always reflected
the Christ. It believes in boys and girls, in men and women, in the
family, in society. Following hard after dignified labor, it still finds
time for play, music, and for Christian culture. Ruskin would delight
in it, for he would see in it his own words: "To watch the com grow
and the blossom set, to draw hard breath over the plowshare and
spade, to read, to think, to love, to hope, to pray — these are the
things to make man happy."
May we who have come to put hand to the plow succeed
in doing our share of the work. Principles and mottoes we have in
plenty; the difficulty will come in following the distorted proverb:
"A man is known by the mottoes he keeps."
GEO. C. WISE.
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AN EXPLANATORY NOTE
The following pages are to be issued as a circular for general
distribution to acquaint the public with the progress and prospects
of the Intermountain Institute. The Information given has mostly
appeared in previous numbers of the Gleaner, but this is the most
extended account of the work that has appeared, and for this reason
it finds a place in the Gleaner.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE GENESIS AND GROWTH OF AN
IMPORTANT EDUCATIONAL ENTERPRISE
Near the beginning of the last decade of the last century a
home missionary wandered out to Idaho and located in Weiser, where
he began to work. His first meetings were held in a dance hall.
A Sunday school was gathered on the first Sunday after his arrival
and after a series of "protracted meetings," a church was organized
with twenty members. Then a church building was commenced and
completed in about a year. At that time the public schools were
few and far between in Idaho. Among the mountains, remote from
the towns, there were many young people who had little or no
opportunity to secure an education and they were too poor to go
to a distant "pay" school.
Now, the aforesaid missionary, when sawing wood to pay
his expenses in an Eastern college, had a dream. He dreamed that
some day, somewhere, he would help build up a school in which the
poorest boy or girl in the land, if willing to work, could secure an
education, and at the same time gain some knowledge of some useful
occupation and pay the necessary expenses in work. When the great
demand for such a school to help the people of the Rockies was
discovered by the missionary he remembered his dream of former days.
He told his dream to a lady who had been a teacher for two
score years; also to a civil engineer, a graduate of Dartmouth
College, who had become an Idaho homesteader. Both these people
believed that the dream ought to come true and they were ready to
put their lives into the work. Thus it came to pass that Miss Jane
M. Slocum, Thomas P. Margatt and E. A. Paddock proceeded to plan
and build the Idaho Industrial Institute, now the Intermountain
Institute. These "enthusiasts" had no money, but possesed great
faith and knew how to work. One had a sagebrush homestead, but
"above the ditch," and considered valueless at that time because it
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could not be irrigated. One half of the homestead (80 acres) was
given to the institute. On this eighty the campus was laid out, ihe
sage brush grubbed and in '98 the first school "shack" was erected.
This small building served as a boarding hall for the workmen while
putting up the first dormitory buildings. Later on it was known as
the "Palace" and housed a number of students, besides many bushels
of institute grain. In '99 the institute was Incorporated and a board
of nine trustees was chosen. The first dormitory and recitation
buildings were completed in 1900 and in October of that year the
institute was opened for students. The purpose and progress of the
work was made known to friends in the East, who generously aided
the enterprise. In the beginning no cash payment was required of
the students but they worked five hours each day, which was supposed
to pay all their expenses. The boys gi'ubbed sagebrush, built fences,
worked on new buildings, etc., while the girls did the cooking,
laundrying and other housework. The institute motto in those days
was: "An education and a trade for every boy and girl who is willing
to work for them." The institute grew both in number and needs,
New and larger dormitories were built, a shop building, a gi'eenhouse
and barns appeared in rapid succession, the money for material being
furnished by friends of Christian education and the work largely being
done by the students.
The Institute Eanch
To furnish work for the students and to raise supplies, it
was deemed wise to operate an extensive ranch. To the original
eighty acre other land was added by gift and purchase until now the
institute ranch contains more than 2000 acres of land, fully 1500 of
which can be cultivated. About 600 acres are now under cultivation,
mostly as "dry ranch." The ranch supplies the institute with flour,
vegetables, milk and butter, besides grain and hay for horses and
An Endowment Scheme
At present "dry farming" is necessary on the institute ranch
but early in the history of the enterprise a plan was formed to
construct reservoirs to retain the flood water that comes out of the
mountains in the eaily spring and thus have water for irrigation.
Reservoir sites were surveyed and filed upon and the work of con-
struction has been pushed as fast as money could be obtained for the
purpose. Already considerable water is available. It is believed that
when twelve to fifteen hundred acres of the institute ranch can be
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irrigated that it will yield a revenue which will go a long way toward
supporting the school and then constitute an endowment
Results of the Work Thus Far
On the material side the growth has certainly been remarkable.
Beginning with the 18x24 "shack," there are now more than a score
of buildings, great and small, representing a value with their
furnishings of not less than $150,000. With irrigation provided the
ranch is worth at least $100,000. The value of stock, farming
implements and tools would reach certainly $25,000. But the material
growth is not the most important; the entire plant exists for the
purpose of helping worthy young people to help themselves in
preparing for useful, Christian citizenship.
More than one thousand young people have attended the
institute for a longer or shorter period of time, most of whom could
not well have attended other schools. About seventy-five have
graduated from the various departments and a number of the graduates
have gone to college and state universities. So far as can be learned
the institute students are "making good" wherever they are, as
teachers, clerks, ranchmen and business men.
The Work as Now Progressini?
As has been stated the Intermountain Institute is designed
for those who have not sufficient means to pay their way but who
have a thirst for knowledge, and ambition to secure it, and the
willingness to do what they can in work to pay for it.
"While the cost is cut to the minimum, the object is not to give
something for nothing and thus cultivate a spirit of dependence but,
on the contrary, to teach and impress the ideas of self-help, thrift
and good citizenship generally.
It is not a reform school but a private, non-sectarian, Christian
institution where students are taught to work with their hands as
well as their heads.
Ten men and women from various parts of the country who
have had thorough training in the very best schools and colleges
constitute a strong teaching force.
Students are classified according to the studies they have
already mastered. Classes are formed to meeet the students' needs —
from the lowest grades to the completion of the high school course
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and even more advanced classes may be formed to cover two or more
years of real college work for the benefit of those who do not
contemplate taking a full course of study in some college, A number
of industrial courses are open to students, such as wood and iron
working, agriculture, dairying, building, domestic science, etc. Special
emphasis will be placed on agricultural studies and the raising of
stock — for the benefit of those who intend to become ranchmen and
The institute is not a competitor of the high school and does
not seek, as students, those young people who may readily have the
advantages of a good school. Indeed, the preference will always be
given to those who live in rural districts remote from good schools
and to those wishing to take special courses not offered in high
Eequirements For Admission
Students are required to be at least sixteen years of age and
in good health; to present references of good moral character, one
of whom should be the applicant's last teacher; and to fulfill the
conditions hereafter specified.
Time of Entrance
It is of course desirable that students should enter the school
at the very beginning of the school year, but if it is impossible for
any studest to do this and there is still room in the dormitories
such student will be received at any time and for as long a period
as it is possible for him to remain.
The Athletic Association has control of the athletic interests
of the student body.
The Y. W. C. A. and the Y. M. C, A. are doing active and
efficient work and all of the students are invited to become niembei-.s.
Literary societies meet every two weeks and afford invaluable
practice in the art of public speaking and in parliamentary usage.
The band offers practical instruction to students on all band
instruments, A membership fee of $1 is charged to defray expenses
for music, etc. With the exception of one oi- two cases students must
furnish their own instruments.
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All music instruction, except chorus and glee club, involves
an extra expense to the student. The charge for vocal or piano
l£ssons is fifty cents per lesson. The charge for use of piano is
$2 per year.
The Moral Tone
It is the aim of the institute to supplement the v^ork of the
home by surrounding the student with such helpful influences as
shall foster the development of strength and nobility of character.
While the school is non-sectarian, it is nevertheless, Christian
Chapel exercises are held daily. Bible classes are a part of
the regular course of study and the students maintain active Y. W.
and Y. M. C. A.'s.
A regular religious service is held in the chapel every Sunday
morning, which all students are expected to attend, unless they present
a written request from parents or guardians to be allowed to attend
some church in town.
To Parents and Guardians
The institute is in no way a reformatory and it cannot receive
as students boys or girls who have given serious trouble at home
or in other schools, nor boys who have become confirmed users of
\Vhile every effort will be made to caution and stimulate
students to improve their time to the best advantage, it is taken
for granted that students enrolling have sufficient maturity to appre-
ciate the opportunities offered here and that they can and will
exercise the necessary self-control.
Aside from the small sum necessary for stationery the student
needs little spending money. Indeed it is far better that the money
furnished the students for spending be very limited.
It is of the highest importance that the student enters the
classes at the very beginning of the year. A delay of a week or more
when new subjects are being taken up frequently handicaps the student
for the entire year.
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To help young people who are eager to secure an education
but are unable to meet all the expense that must be incurred, the
Intermountain Institute has cut the expense to the student fully one-
third below the actual cost, relying on generous fxiends of Christian
education to supply the deficit. Thus the charge for board, room
rent, light and heat, tuition and use of library for the school year
is placed at $200. With economy, the expense for laundry, stationery
and books can be fully met for $25. Work is furnished as far as
possible for students who cannot pay cash for all their school
expenses. Three hours of manual labor each day pays one $100,. or
half the necessary expense. A few scholarships from the "Student
Loan Fund" are given to students who have special need and are
very faithful in both study and work. The institute does not purpose
to permit any worthy, industrious student to leave school for want
of money. If after doing his best, any student finds himself in arrears
on expense, etc., it is considered a debt of honor which is to be paid,
without interest as soon as the student can earn the money. And
when the debt is paid, the money goes again into the "Fund" to
help some other student.
The foregoing gives the reader a very clear idea of the
plan, purpose and progress of the Intermountain Institute.
More than a hundred students can be accomodated in the
dormitories. Already during its brief term of activity the institute
has proven a blessing to hundreds of splendid yoimg people who,
but for the existence of this school would not have been nearly so
well equipped for their life work. It is believed by those most
interested in the enterprise that the real work of the institute has
only just begun. Useful Christian citizens is our country's greatest
need and the Intermountain Institute is doing much to supply that
The rapid growth and remarkable efficiency of this school
is due to the generous friends who have put money into the enterprise
— and also to the self-denying teachers who have worked for the
upbuilding of the school. The noble army of old friends and a host
of new friends yet to be found are relied upon to carry the work
forward, making the Intermountain Institute one of the most im-
portant schools in the great Northwest.
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The grain crop on the I. I. ranch this year is unusually large.
A part of the threshing is done. About 3000 bushels of wheat has
been marketed at a fair price. Enough has been made into flour to
supply bread for the school for one year or more.
For many years the institute band has flourished under the
leadership of Mr. Robert Cross. Mr. Cross has now become a school
teacher. Fortunately the head of the institute music department, Miss
Muriel Phelps, is a band leader, and under her guidance the band will
maintain its reputation for efficiency.
The occupants of the boys' dormitory appreciate the helpful
interest of their "house mother," Mrs. Tibbais. No other family of
I. I. boys have been so highly favored. The library, under Mrs.
Tibbais' supervision, has been put into first class shape and will be
of increased usefulness this year. ,
A movement is started to build a sidewalk from the institute
I to town. About a mile and a quarter of walk will need to be built
to reach the town sidewalk. It is hoped the plan will become an
The Y M. C. A. and Y. W. C. A. organizations will soon be
doing aggressive work. It is believed that all the students w^ill
belong to these associations.
Since members of the present I. I. faculty ha\e traveler!
extensively in Europe as well as in this country an in+eresting series
of illustrated lectures may be expected during the coming year.
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